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St John's Veterinary Surgery
Telephone: 01442 863101
Out of Hours Tel: 01442 863101
Practice Location
Surgery Opening Hours

Consultation times are by appointment:

Monday to Friday:
9 - 11am
5 - 7pm

9 - 12 noon

Surgery Opening Hours

Monday to Friday:
8am - 7pm

8.30am - 2pm

Vet Consults until 12noon only on Saturdays

About St John's Veterinary Surgery
Jane - Vet
Jane grew up on a Yorkshire Farm and studied at Glasgow University, qualifying as a vet in 1975. After working in Yorkshire and London, she started work in Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted after her marriage in 1983. Jane took over St John's as an independent surgery in 1995 which she initially ran as a 'one-vet' practice.

Jane has kept and treated a wide variety of animals at different times, but now only treats small animals. Her dogs 'Poppy' and 'Patti' are always with her and she enjoys walking and riding in the Chiltern countryside (sometimes with her grown up children!).
Jan - Vet Nurse
Jan started in veterinary practice in 1972, working for Mr Southerton as a nursing assistant, transferring in 1980 to the Berkhamsted branch. When Jane took over in 1995, Jan started training becoming our first qualified Veterinary Nurse in 1998.

Jan is the practice assessor, an examiner for the Vet Nurse practical exams and helps student nurses.

She has two lovely collies, Star and Flossie, who come to work with her and like helping us all with our jobs! Jan is also a PAT (Pets As Therapy) dog assessor in the local area.

Jan is interested in alternative therapies and practices and teaches 'Reiki' and crystal healing. She also has an interest in Tellington Touch, physiotherapy, vibrational healing and holds a certificate in herbalism.

Bev - Vet
Bev graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1990. She has worked at St John's for over 12 years and has a particular interest in cardiology and small animal medicine.

Outside of work she loves heading off in her camper van with hubby and rescued 'hounds' - Loki the mad Lurcher and Wylie the even madder Huskamute.

Back-packing around the world is her passion, particularly in Africa, Asia and South America and she is an avid supporter of animal and world conservation.
Gayle - Vet Nurse
Gayle first joined the practice in 1997 as a receptionist. She then qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2001 and has since developed a keen interest in canine psychology and behaviour.

Gayle is an associate member of the Canine & Feline Behaviour Association (CFBA) and is a member of the Guild of Dog Trainers (GoDT).

Gayle lives with dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, ferrets, reptiles, a husband and children, and enjoys long walks with her dogs in the country, wine and chocolate!
Julie - Vet Nurse
Julie gained her veterinary nursing qualification at Oaklands College in 1990. She continued in the veterinary profession for several years before taking a career break working in a finance department.

In 2005 Julie returned to veterinary nursing and joined Jane and the team at St Johns. She really enjoys her work and has a particular interest in veterinary nutrition.

Outside of work Julie lives with her scatty cat – Saffy (a rescue from St John's of course!) her husband and two children. Interests include the theatre, concerts, eating out, reading and anything to do with the animal world – the family regularly visit Whipsnade Zoo where they are all members.
Barbara - Vet Nurse
Barbara qualified as a Vet Nurse in 1977 at Southerton's Vets in Hemel Hempstead. She moved to a career in marketing with The Wellcome Foundation in Berkhamsted and latterly a pet care products company, but her passion for working with animals, especially cats, brought her back to veterinary practice in 2007.

She has two beautiful cats – Buster and Jessie, half of the litter of four kittens which she hand-reared from St John's (the other two have a lovely home in Berkhamsted too). They are great fun, very friendly and give back lots of affection!

Barbara and husband live in the countryside where she loves the wildlife and walking in the Chilterns.

Eleanor - Vet Nurse
Eleanor started work at St John's as Saturday girl in 2009 and after leaving school took a 2 year course in Vet Nursing at the College of Animal Welfare and qualified in 2013.

She has three dogs – Elsie the Labrador, Annie the mad Springer Spaniel and her youngest Labrador Erin – the 'bouncy' one!

Eleanor's likes horse riding, dog walking and shopping – especially for shoes and handbags!!

Beckey - Receptionist
Beckey worked for St John's as a Saturday girl various times whilst growing up - helping out her Mum! She then worked as a groom after leaving school.

In 2014 Beckey spent 2 months in Sri Lanka doing voluntary work with special needs children. On her return to the UK she started work at St John's on Reception.

Beckey is an active member of Berkhamsted Young Farmers and Berkhamsted and Hemel Hockey Club. She enjoys riding horses, walking dogs in the countryside and watching rugby.

Beckey has a horse called Gracie and a mad terrier – Prada, who is one of Poppy's puppies.

Her main weakness is the Costa Coffee shop next door!
Avril - Receptionist
Avril first worked in the veterinary business in 1979 for Mr Southerton in Hemel Hempstead until 1985. After 19 years she then returned to work with Jane at St John's.

She is the proud owner of Pip who is the daughter of Jane's dog Poppy and Henry, a rescue cat from the Blackberry Farm RSPCA homing centre.

Avril enjoys walking the dogs, fussing Henry the cat, cross stitch, gardening and is a keen ornithologist.
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